In Uganda there is high disease burden attributed to the high prevalence of preventable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. The situation has been compounded by the newly emerging lifestyle diseases (especially hypertension and diabetes).
Though the National Health Policy emphasizes the importance of health promotion and disease prevention, there continues to be an inadequate number of professionals available with relevant public health knowledge and skills to address these challenges. This situation in many regions of Uganda is not very different in most Tropical African countries.
Mountains of the Moon University has thus come in to contribute to the bridging of this gap by offering graduate and undergraduate programmes in Public Health. The School of Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery is focused on producing outstanding Public Health Professionals who meet National and International standards for the modern job market. They are equipped to address important public health, environmental and occupational health problems and devise locally applicable/sustainable solutions; to use research and studies to initiate and guide interventions and to initiate and manage primary health care interventions at all levels.
Academic Public Health Programmes
The 3 year Bachelor of Science in Public Health attracts National and International Students (especially from South Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya and other African countries). The Full Time program is offered for those students who have completed A levels or international equivalent. The Distance Learning Program allows students to study while working in their health fields in their own home areas. Students come to campus for study for 11 days at the beginning of the semester, and again at the end, and stay for final exams. They are given modules as study guides and complete their assignments from their work sites and submit by email.
The course includes opportunities to learn needed skills through practical application. Groups of students conduct community diagnosis survey where by data is collected concerning an entire community’s public health condition from the household to community access to water, solid waste disposal, cleanliness of restaurants, hotels and public spaces. Group reports are written documenting and interpreting the data, which is shared with the community and its leaders. Students receive preparation for job placement through the 2 month field placement and conduct a short study research project on a topic of their choosing which will also benefit the local placement. These experiences help prepare the student to do their own original research and again the finding and recommendations are shared with concerned leaders.
A two year Master of Public Health (MPH) is offered through the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies and Research.